Overtime Rules Send Bosses Scrambling

By Rachel Feintzeig, Rachel Emma Silverman and Lauren Weber, The Wall Street Journal

Companies are racing to track and manage the hours their employees really work, following a White House proposal that would put millions more U.S. workers in line for overtime pay.

Overtime Rules Seen Boosting Low-Wage Hiring

By Eric Morath, The Wall Street Journal

The Obama administration’s proposal to expand eligibility for overtime pay is designed to boost what workers earn. But some economists and businesses say it will more likely add to the number of low-paid workers.

Bureaucrats working overtime

By Jamie T. Richardson, The Hill

Government officials calling for new regulations on businesses have been working overtime of late. Last week the Department of Labor introduced a new rule that more than doubled the salary threshold under which employees are required to be given overtime pay for hours worked beyond 40 per week. Those who earn less than $50,400 a year, the rule proposes, are entitled to pay at time-and-a-half for their overtime hours.

For the NLRB, unionization is the end that justifies any means

By Peter Schaumber, The Washington Times

When the NLRB chairman claimed in a press release that the agency’s controversial new election procedures would give “businesses and workers a process they deserve that is effective, fair, and free of unnecessary delays,” the devils in hell must have blushed. The Board’s new “Ambush Election” rule has nothing to do with fairness. It was adopted to limit, if not eviscerate, an employer’s protected speech on the issue of unionization before an election and to stack the deck in favor of a union outcome.

Is Forcing Businesses to Pay Overtime to More Workers Really a Brilliant Idea? No Frigging Way.

By J.D. Tuccille, Reason

After a long wait, the Obama administration seems poised this week to vastly increase the ranks of American workers eligible for time-and-a-half overtime pay. With just a simple rules change—raising from $23,660 to as much as $52,000 the threshold below which workers must be paid overtime—the federal government is poised to raise incomes. Or increase the number of jobs. The rationale varies, depending on who you ask. But it’s all good, or so we’re told.